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We provide hope to children with heart disease.

We provide HOPE to children with heart disease and their families, EMPOWER doctors and nurses to treat children in their country of birth, build SUSTAINABLE pediatric cardiac programs in emerging countries and expand our global reach through PARTNERSHIPS with like-minded organizations, maximizing our impact.

We transform the lives of children with heart disease and their families by coordinating the efforts of 84 autonomous Gift of Life programs in 80 countries across 5 continents with like-minded partner charities, hospitals, healthcare professionals, Rotarians and other volunteers to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in emerging countries.

Sustainable Pediatric cardiac centers.

Our strategy remains focused on the development of sustainable pediatric cardiac centers of excellence and the empowerment of doctors and nurses to treat children in their country or region of birth. Together with our like-minded partners, we have created such centers in Uganda, El Salvador and Romania while continuing our work in Jamaica and Bolivia, helping to ensure that reliable care will be provided to children in Eastern Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. 


Our Global Network.

We are a Rotarian-based organization that over the past forty six years has helped more than 43,800 children from 80 countries across 5 continents receive treatment for their heart disease. Our global network of caring is comprised of 84 Gift of Life Affiliated Programs throughout the world. The majority of these programs are based in Rotary Clubs or Rotary Districts. Through our collaborative efforts, we are lighting the world with hope for children with heart disease and their families.  

List of GOL Affiliates


Gift of Life international and our global network of caring strive to be a beacon of hope to children with heart disease and their families. Through our initiatives, we are addressing the crisis in the world today with regards to congenital heart disease; the Number One birth defect worldwide. We regularly receive notes of gratitude along with heart warming updates from children and parents who now have hope for the first-time ever. Please enjoy these touching testimonials from our Gift of Life recipients.

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Nutritional Assistance.

Helping to ensure children a healthy future.

We believe that to truly impact the life of a child with heart disease, we must not only heal his or her heart but also help to ensure them a healthy future. This unique component of our Salvadoran program provides need-based nutritional assistance ensuring treated children receive sufficient and well-balanced nutrition during their recovery period. This program significantly improves the child’s ability to reach a healthy weight for the first time following treatment for their heart ailment.